Nate's Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and enjoyment.

I am sure you all were very busy with holiday shopping, or parties, or just relaxing, or maybe even some work! I wanted to mention to you that as the year wraps up and we focus on the holiday and having a great 2015 that we should look back on 2014 and be very proud. It was not an easy year. All of us, and in every way, both personally and professionally, faced many challenges and some of us still do. We should take some time this week to think about all of the hurdles and bumps in the road we had this past year. We do not do this to dwell on them, but only to think about all of the challenges we got through, around, or over.

What I like most about business is that it is never ending and always changing. That is the same with life. We wake up each and every day and we plan and we work and life comes our way. We must remember that we make choices each and every day and those choices are only ours. Many things have tried to throw us off course and many more will come. Many things have made our travels bumpy and difficult and many more will come. We should expect them and when they come we will be ready and we will handle them. The reason we look back is to remind ourselves that where we have come from was not easy.

Let us move forward with more confidence, resolve, and determination to reach our goals. Let us have some fun along the way. Let us bring as many people with us that would like to come.


Another calendar year comes to an end as the world welcomes another new one. Strangely, I am reminded of Elton John's song “Circle of Life” from the movie The Lion King.

Circle of Life
Music by Elton John and Lyrics by Tim Rice. From the soundtrack to "The Lion King"

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give

In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope 
Till we find our place 
On the path unwinding

In the circle, the circle of life
Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

I am particularly moved by the second stanza: "Some say eat or be eaten, some say live and let live; but all are agreed as they join the stampede, you should never take more than you give."

The laws of nature say that every creature's role in the grand scheme of things is to take as well as give. Each of us is predator as well as prey. As a vital link in the food chain, we are allowed to acquire what we need to survive, but we are also required to provide what others need to live. Life's basic rule is that simple.

Unfortunately, some of us are lured to excesses and extremes. We want to have more than the next person, oftentimes killing one another in the process. We want to be bigger than our neighbors, oftentimes depriving others of their means to survive. We take more than we give. This is how we disrupt the natural flow of existence. This is how we bring about evil, pain, and suffering. And this is why...

"Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars"

As the song continues, it describes life as a wheel of fortune, a leap of faith, and a band of hope...until we find our place on the path that the endless round.

Another ending, another beginning, yet nothing will be the same.

The next twelve months will bring a new string of fortunes and misfortunes, new opportunities to take countless leaps of faith, and renewed hope in our struggle to build a more meaningful, more prosperous life for us all.

Let's welcome the New Year by celebrating the circle... and miracle of life!


“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” - Hans Christian Anderson

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” - Emily Dickinson

“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. “ - Mark Twain

“If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.” - Oscar Wilde

“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.” - Abraham Lincoln

“A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” -  Charles Gordy

“Seven days without laughter makes one weak.” - Mort Walker

“You can't have everything...where would you put it?” - Steven Wright

Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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